Ricks Signs Free Agent Deal With NFL Team

Although he was not selected in the National Football League Draft, Jake Ricks will have a chance to make an NFL roster along with a teammate who has also signed a free agent deal and two who were drafted.

Auburn, Ala.--Jake Ricks, who started all 13 games for the Auburn football Tigers last season, has signed a free agent contract with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts.

The 6-4, 292-pounder from Colbert County High School was in on 38 tackles this past season. He finished with 1 1/2 quarterback sacks and 4 1/2 tackles for lost yardage. He also intercepted a pass that he returned 21 yards vs. West Virginia.

Ricks joins fellow Auburn defensive lineman Antonio Coleman as Tigers who have signed free agent deals. Coleman signed with the Buffalo Bills. Two of their teammates, Ben Tate and Walt McFadden, were takend in the NFL Draft. Tate was selected by the Texans in round two while McFadden went to the Raiders in the fifth round.

Ricks, who did not redshirt while at Auburn, played in six games as a true freshman in 2006 and made one tackle and recovered a fumble. He played in 13 games as a reserve in 2007 and made eight tackles. As a reserve in 2008 the lineman made seven tackles and recovered a fumble.

The defensive tackle finished his college career in Auburn's Outback Bowl victory over Northwestern in which he made four solo tackles including two behind the line of scrimmage.

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